Here is a quick report on my home-equity loan, ummmm, I mean my Koffler Jet Sled.
Same thing, really, but hey, it’s only money, right? And who knows how many seasons any of us have left under our belts.
Here are the specs, in shorthand. Length: 16′. Width: 60″. Flat bottom. very stable fly fishing platform. Power plant is a Yamaha 40 hp jet pump (60 hp motor rated as 40 hp at the pump). Tiller with power tilt/trim, electric start. Bilge pump and water wash-down hose. Self draining fish box under front deck. Battery and water wash-down hose under front deck. Three portable 3 gal. gas tanks under front deck. Anchor locker at bow. Dirks anchor release at bow and starboard stern corner. Tackle trays along both sides accommodate 10 ft fly rods. Snap-in carpet in tackle trays. Fuel filter enclosed under outboard. Lowrance fish finder/sounder installed in covered panel on Port side under tackle tray. Sand-blasted diamond plate deck. Two removable seat/gear boxes. Two oarlock positions; one allows rowing from seated position on front deck, the other allows oarsman to stand and row just forward of tiller. Oars stow under starboard side tackle trays. Koffler galvanized heavy-duty trailer.
Performance specs. A wonderful fly fishing platform for our Oregon bays. The front deck and main deck are clean and open, if we simply don’t junk it up with too much stuff. This sled navigates modest rivers easily. It is NOT a Lower Deschutes river sled. Perfect for my planned expeditions. Will be a great lake fishing boat if I ever make time for that. The Yamaha is quiet and idles down to a very low speed. No need for a second trolling motor. The boat goes on plane in the bay and zips plenty fast for my comfort with three guys in the boat and three full gas tanks.
Cost? More than I had hoped to spend. No discounts for me. Someone called Bruce Koffler and speculated that they were paying me a lot of cash to promote their sleds and tidewater prams. No so. I have not received a single buck or discount in this deal. Period.
Worth it? Absolutely. This boat gets me to more places and into more chances to have fun trying to catch a Chinook than I ever could before. Have I sold my Koffler driftboat or 11′ pram? Nope. To each fishing condition and place, there is a perfect boat. I need them all, I tell my family. They just laugh and smile. They know me. Chris, do you stock pontoon rafts? I just might need one of those things too.
Bow anchor & rope locker.
Bow anchor release.